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Jay Bruce on his Twitter haters: ‘You sound like idiots’

Jay-Bruce-RedsAfter belting 34 homers and driving in 99 runs for the Cincinnati Reds last season, outfielder Jay Bruce is off to somewhat of a slow start in 2013. His batting average of .252 is right about where you would expect (he is a career .255 hitter), but his power numbers in April were lacking. Through 28 games, the 26-year-old has only one homer and 11 RBI.

Naturally, fans have been critical of Bruce while he has struggled. The Reds are only a game out of first with a ton of baseball left to play, but a Twitter rant on Tuesday night indicated the fans are already starting to irritate Bruce.

It sounds like somebody needs to take some advice from their All-Star teammate when it comes to dealing with Twitter. By wasting a five-tweet rant on his critics, Bruce is simply letting them win. A hitting slump can be frustrating and Twitter can make it worse, but responding to the critics only validates what they are attempting to do. In his sixth year in the majors, Bruce should be well aware of that.

H/T Hardball Talk

MLB All-Star Game Snubs: National League

The fans really nailed the NL starters for the All-Star Game. I only had one complaint with the fan vote, so they must be commended for getting it right. All my other complaints are really nit-picking because the NL All-Star team was well selected. Manager Bruce Bochy was too much of a homer and included a few too many Giants pitchers, so that’s the only other issue I really have. Here are the NL All-Star team snubs (written as the player who should have made it over the one who did):

Aramis Ramirez over Placido Polanco, Chipper Jones at 3B

Fans got all the starters right except for Placido Polanco at third base. There was no real standout at the position this year but Ramirez is having the best year of all NL third basemen. He should have been the starter over Polanco and the backup over Chipper Jones. It should have gone Aramis and then either Chipper or Chase Headley as the backup.

Andrew McCutchen over Jay Bruce in OF

McCutchen misses out on his second straight All-Star game in favor of a Pirates reliever. He deserved to go last year over Evan Meek and deserves to go this year. Bruce had a major power surge in May that captured everyone’s attention but h’s cooled off since then. McCutchen, with his 12 home runs and 15 stolen bases, has been the better overall player.

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Reds Locking Up Core Players: Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto Get Extensions

The Cincinnati Reds have been busy signing their (mostly) young talent to multi-year extensions this offseason. In December, pitcher Bronson Arroyo signed a three-year deal that will take him through the age of 36. He’s the only player the Reds extended that’s over the age of 27. Shortly after extending Arroyo, the Reds signed 23-year-old Jay Bruce and 27-year-old and reigning NL MVP Joey Votto to six and three-year deals, respectively. On Thursday, the Reds signed pitcher Johnny Cueto, 25, to a four-year deal and are reportedly pursuing an extension with 27-year-old pitcher Edinson Volquez.

The moves signal that the 2010 NL Central champs are serious about contending for the foreseeable future. Since arriving in Cincinnati in 2006, Arroyo has won at least 14 games four times, including a career-high 17 last season. Arroyo also won a Gold Glove last season. Cueto went 12-7 last season with a respectable 3.64 ERA. Bruce hit 25 home runs last season, though 19 of those came at the Great American Ballpark — about as hitter-friendly a park as you’ll find. The main concern with Bruce is his strikeout numbers; he’s had more than 100 twice in his three major league seasons, and a career-high 136 last year.

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Jay Bruce Losing Ball in Lights, Towels on Error Cost Reds Big Time

Just over a week ago, Reds fans were celebrating Jay Bruce who hit a walk-off home run to beat the Astros and send Cincinnati to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Now, many of those same fans are cursing his name.

The 23-year-old outfielder made a critical error in Game 2 of the Phillies-Reds NLDS that was eerily similar to Matt Holliday’s mistake for the Cardinals a year ago. With his team up 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th, Bruce missed a line drive to right with two men on. Both Chase Utley and Jayson Werth scored on the play, allowing the Phillies to take the lead 5-4. The play was routine but Bruce probably lost the ball in the lights or white rally towels that make it difficult to spot the ball.

As if Bruce’s error wasn’t enough, Brandon Phillips also dropped the relay throw from the outfield allowing Werth to score uncontested. If he had made a quick turn and accurate throw, the game may have been tied.

Bruce’s mistake may have taken the Reds out of the series, but don’t expect any forgiveness from Reds fans. Many of their followers on twitter wasted no time bashing the young outfielder even before the team had actually lost the game:

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Adam Dunn Pranks Rookie Jay Bruce

Now don’t get the wrong idea here and think for a second that I’m about to buy into the hype and start posting wonderful tales about Reds prospect Jay Bruce, who can supposedly hit home runs one-handed, and throw balls so hard the whizz makes girls skirts go up. No, I’m just a fan of baseball pranks, and this certainly was a good one. The Enquirer has the details:

Dunn’s most elaborate prank happened Monday. Copies of the “Reds Report,” with Bruce on the cover, arrived in the clubhouse.

The headline next to Bruce’s photo was “The Next Big Thing.”

Dunn had Bruce sign copies for a number of people, including manager Dusty Baker.

Dunn then made Bruce deliver the copy to Baker and ask him if he knew Bruce was the next big thing.

“He came in here all shy,” Baker said. “ ‘It wasn’t my idea. It really wasn’t, Mr. Baker.’ I said, ‘Who’s idea was it?’

“ ‘Adam Dunn.’ ”

“Dunn came by later. I asked him whose idea it was.

“Jay’s all the way.’”

That’s a solid prank right there. Most players are uneasy seeing publications with their names and mugs on the cover. So to personalize one for your manager? That really has to stink. I feel bad for the kid. Thought not as bad as I felt for Kyle Kendrick. That could go down as possibly the greatest prank ever, probably because it was documented on video. If you still haven’t seen it, you must, just keep reading.

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